PDP urges Supreme Court to step aside from Imo Guber case

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has written to the Supreme Court to review its judgment on the 2019 Imo state governorship election.

In a letter dated February 14 signed by Uche Secondus, the national chairman, and Umar Ibrahim Tsauri, national secretary; the PDP urged the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Tanko Mohammed, and the six other judges to excuse themselves from the case.

In order to achieve this aim, the party demanded that a new panel be set up to hear Ihedioha’s application.

The party said it feared “likelihood of bias” and “denial of the right to a fair hearing”.

The other justices the party asked to recuse themselves along with Mohammed are Nwah Sylvester Ngwuta, Olukayode Ariwola, Kudirat Kekere-Ekun, Amina Adamu Augie, and Uwani Musa Abba Aji.

They were on the initial panel that gave a verdict against the party’s candidate.

“They should recuse themselves from participating in hearing the application; for setting aside their earlier judgment in the above case; on grounds of likelihood of bias, that is, fair hearing,” the party said.

The supreme court had, in a unanimous judgement read by Kekere-Ekun on January 14 sacked Ihedioha as the governor of Imo.

Thereafter, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was directed to issue a certificate of return to Hope Uzodinma; a candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

PDP has been protesting the judgment and Ihedioha filed an application asking the apex court; to review its verdict “in the interest of justice”.

Ng daily

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